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Holder of the ONA Super Wings Award for magnificent contributions to the ONA Crew Web

Nettie Miller, Pamela Greene McClune and Ras Nielsen

Ras Nielsen, Britt Herland-Silverthorn
and Pat Kineen-Van Dekamp at
ONAīs New York October 25, 2003 reunion

AMAZING ONA CREW!

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CAPTAIN RAS NIELSEN

A story from Ras Nielsenīs career
as a pilot with SINGAPORE AIRLINES

FLYING ITALIAN TENOR
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI TO SINGAPORE


From 1987 until 1993 I was employed by
Singapore Airlines  as B747 Captain. 

One day in year 1990 while home in 
Singapore, I was reading the 
International Herald Tribune 
newspaper over lunch. Reading the paper 
I noted a short news peice on the back 
page about  the Italian tenor 
Luciano Pavarotti.  

The news piece stated that his personal 
doctor had, for health reason, placed him 
on a strict low cholesterol diet. About 6 
month later, entirely unrelated to the 
news piece about him in the Tribune paper 
6 month earlier, Pavarotti happened to 
give a performance in Singapore. 

As fate would have it, I was bestowed the 
honor to fly him back to Rome.
 
It was an all night flight, where 
breakfast was served to the passengers 
about an hour before landing in Rome.



About the time that we flew overhead 
Athens, Greece I went down to the 
 first class galley,
on the 747 this galley is located 
behind the first class section. 

Most of the lights were turned off 
and only a few of the passengers were 
eating breakfast. 

In the galley where I spoke with two 
junior Chinese flight  attendants, 
the following conversation ensued: 
Ras:  How is our VIP (Pavarotti) doing.
F/A:  Well we think he is doing OK now. 
Ras:  What do you mean with "OK now"?
Where upon one of the girls showed me 
a letter from his travel manager, 
the letter spelled out that he was on 
a strict diet, and that his food 
was to be low in cholesterol and no 
fat.
F/A:  This food was very nice, but 
Captain do you know what he did, 
HE TOLD US TO THROW THAT THRASH AWAY 
AND TO GIVE HIM SOME REAL FOOD.
Ras:  Well, I see that he is eating 
now, what is he eating? 
F/A:  He is eating bacon and eggs, 
and he is eating lot's of it.